The 40 flags have been submitted by 30 designers.
Groups campaigning for a change have welcomed the release of the 40 potential flags. Lewis Holden of Change the New Zealand Flag noted that not one of the 40 featured a Union Jack.
The hard question would now be asked: "Should we have a silver fern or a koru? Should we keep the Southern Cross?"
(Ed. note via wiki: The koru (Māori for "loop") is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.)
A group pushing for a silver fern flag said five silver fern designs had been short-listed.